Rep. Kevin McCarthy from California expressed optimism on Monday regarding Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio’s prospects of becoming the next House Speaker.
Jordan’s campaign has gained traction recently, with numerous Republicans who were initially hesitant now indicating their support ahead of the crucial vote scheduled for Tuesday.
“Tomorrow is the big day, and I’m confident about Jim Jordan’s position,” McCarthy stated on Fox News’s “Fox and Friends.” “He’s played a crucial role in our team, significantly contributing to our majority status.”
To secure the Speakership, Jordan requires 217 affirmative votes. Considering all Democrats are rallying behind Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York, Jordan has minimal room for dissent within his ranks.
Two weeks have elapsed since McCarthy’s removal from the Speaker’s role, a landmark event initiated by Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida. Gaetz, along with seven other Republican representatives, sided with Democrats in a narrow 216-210 vote to oust McCarthy.
The Republicans who stood against McCarthy included Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Ken Buck of Colorado, Tim Burchett of Tennessee, Eli Crane of Arizona, Bob Good of Virginia, Nancy Mace of South Carolina, and Matt Rosendale of Montana.
In the aftermath, McCarthy has been vocal in endorsing Jordan for the Speakership, praising him as a “strong partner.”